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New Beef Educator Guides Available

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released two new educational guides to accompany the books “Beef in the Story of Agriculture” and “Beef an A-Z Book.” Both guides are developed for elementary grade classrooms and follow Common Core and national standards for education.

The educator guides give teachers resources to integrate agriculture education into Common Core and national learning objectives. Each guide focuses on several subjects including language, math, social studies and health and also gives the accompanying objectives and supporting standards for each subject.

The books are a great way to introduce students to different aspects of agriculture and are part of the Awesome Agriculture series by Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey. The “in the story” books follow five key concepts – food production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumerism. The “A-Z” books allow students to explore agriculture topics while taking a trip down the alphabet where A is for Agriculture, J is for Jobs and more.

Other topics covered in the Awesome Agriculture series include “Soybeans in the Story of Agriculture”(a Book of the Year winner), “Soybeans an A-Z Book,” “Pigs and Pork in the Story of Agriculture,” “Pigs an A-Z Book,” “Corn in the Story of Agriculture” and “Corn an A-Z Book.” Educator guides are available for the soybeans, pigs and pork, and beef cattle books. Corn educator guides are currently in development.

All the books and educator guides are available on under Resource Orders then AFBFA Materials.

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